Many people focus on the interior of the home when they consider improvements to boost their sales appeal or price. However, many sellers neglect the outside of the property. It is the first impression a buyer has to form an opinion whether they like a house or not before stepping in the front door. Truly, to maximize your properties’ potential, you need to focus on improving the curb appeal. Improving the exterior of a property may not be as exciting as trying to figure out what to do with the kitchen, but in many ways it is more important. You want that WOW factor to make buyers pay attention and venture inside.
The biggest pop can be the driveway. For an area that gets used every day, it would make sense to make the driveway as appealing as possible. If there are cracks, weeds and other noticeable flaws, improving the driveway will dramatically increase curb appeal. By adding a stone or rock driveway it will not only change the complete curb appeal for the house but will make the house more livable, and may command a higher sales price.
Additionally other factors that contribute to your curb appeal is the condition of the grass, landscaping and any trees or bushes near the front of the property. Plants on the front stairs, flowers in the garden, fresh mulch and updated shrubs are all easy fixes that have a big return. If your grass is old and there are dirt patches, you can either lay down some sod or start the seeding process months before your house is ready.
As well, you should look at the roof, siding, new paint, updated trim, new shutters and fresh gutters can all make a huge difference. A new matching front door can also have a big impact. The front door is one of the first things that anyone notices when they enter a house. If the door is old and the handle is rusted, the rest of the house will suffer.
There are many things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your property. Some of these things may be more costly than you imagined, but they can have a huge impact on your sales price. If you are wondering which items should be updated, ask a few friends to drive to the house and tell you the first thing they think of when they pull up. This will give you an honest assessment and a starting point for your work. Spending time and money on the interior is important, but it will all be for naught if the exterior of the house is a mess and a negative for a buyer to look at it.